Imagine what it’s like to have to read through all the applications for a job, and then make decisions based on what you have read? I don’t even want to imagine that.
But there’s one thing that I think must annoy recruiters more than anything else. Do you know what I think that might be?
A generic application letter and CV that has obviously been used to apply for a lot of different jobs.
What are some of the signs of a ‘generic’ application? The two most obvious ones are:
Sometimes people can feel a desperate need to find a job quickly, so they fire off lots of applications without giving much thought to what they need to do to stand out.
And sometimes, it’s just a whole lot easier to do things quickly, rather than giving much thought to what they are doing.
If you have been guilty of any of these, here’s what is probably one of the most important pieces of advice I give to clients when I am coaching them in job search skills:
When you apply for jobs,
you must customise your CV and cover letter
to fit each position you are applying for.
- A brief summary of the organisation
- A detailed description of the particular duties that will need to be done
- A list of the key skills required to do the job
- Some kind of person specification that describes what an employer is looking for
The next step is to create a cover letter and CV that is customised wherever it can be, to fit the requirements of the job being applied for. Sounds simple? Not always. People often don’t present themselves as well as they should. E.g. Their list of skills lets them down. (see Is Your List of Skills Really That Important in Your CV?)